Professor Jim Watterston, Dean
From his first job as a teacher in a rural Indigenous classroom in his home state of Western Australia to his recent appointment as the Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, Professor Jim Watterston brings more than 35 years of successful experience across a diverse range of educational roles and sectors.
Jim spent his first ten years in the profession as a teacher before being promoted to the position of principal in a range of primary and secondary schools. He then progressed to the role of Regional Director in WA and Victoria before he was appointed as the Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Education Department, and Director General of both the ACT and, most recently, Queensland Departments of Education and Training. Jim was awarded a Doctorate in Education at the University of WA in 2004.
In addition to appointments to many educationally related Boards, Professor Watterston has previously served for six years as the National President for the Australian Council for Education Leaders, and is recognised as an influential advocate for the education sector. His contribution to education has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally with awards from a number of professional bodies and educational institutions including the highly prestigious Order of the Palmes Académiques (Chevalier) by the French Government in 2014 for a distinguished contribution to education.
Professor Jim Watterston
Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Enterprise Professor, Education Systems
The MGSE Executive works to ensure the Graduate School maintains its commitments to academic excellence and sustainability, and provides a safe, collegial working environment for staff.
The Executive fulfills a number of key administrative and strategic duties. The Executive monitors MGSE's Key Performance Indicators, oversees MGSE's budget, publicises and spreads awareness of MGSE staff guidelines and policies, reviews recommendations and reports from sub-committees, and ensures compliance with relevant legislation.
Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)
Associate Dean (Research)
Associate Dean (International)
Associate Dean (Engagement)
Assistant Dean, Indigenous
MGSE's team of professional staff manage the ongoing operations of the Graduate School, including student experience, communications, marketing, finance, research support, and people and culture.
Senior Manager, Student Experience
Manager, Learning & Teaching
Manager, Strategic Communications
Manager, Strategy Planning & Finance
Manager, People and Culture
Manager, Research & Industry
Governance Framework and committees
The governance framework enables the Dean and members of MGSE Executive to ensure proper consultation around the decisions which they are required to make as part of their roles.
MGSE Executive Committee
MGSE Executive Committee is the senior leadership group of MGSE, with overall responsibility for making decisions on the strategic development of the Graduate School’s teaching, research and engagement activities, and the effective allocation of MGSE resources.
MGSE External Advisory Board
With a membership consisting of senior colleagues from external organisations, the MGSE Advisory Board provides input and recommendations to MGSE’s senior leadership on the ongoing development and achievement of MGSE’s Strategic Plan.
MGSE Graduate Student Advisory Committee
The MGSE Graduate Student Advisory Committee ensures students are engaged in the governance and operations of the Faculty.
International and Engagement Committee
The International & Engagement Committee provides oversight of the Graduate School’s international engagement activities, recognising the deep connections between Research and Learning & Teaching.
Learning and Teaching Committee
The Learning & Teaching Committee provides oversight of the Graduate School’s learning and teaching activities in relation to coursework programs.
Each of our academic programs are overseen by a program coordinator.
|Master of Education (MEd)||Dr Yvette Slaughter|
|MEd Specialisation - Arts Education||Dr Kathryn Coleman|
|MEd Specialisation - Assessment and Pedagogy||Pam Robertson|
|MEd Specialisation - Equity, Diversity and Social Change||Dr Dianne Mulcahy, Dr Jessica Gerrard, Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo|
|MEd Specialisation - Leadership and Management||Associate Professor Lawrie Drysdale|
|MEd Specialisation - Literacy Education||Dr Carmel Sandiford|
|MEd Specialisation - Mathematics Education||Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah|
|MEd Specialisation - Policy in a Global Context||Dr Mary Leahy|
|MEd Specialisation - Science Education||Professor Jan Van Driel|
|MEd Specialisation - Student Wellbeing||Dr Annie Gowing|
|Master of Teaching (Primary)||Dr Natasha Ziebell|
|Master of Teaching (Secondary)||Associate Professor Mark Selkrig|
|Master of Teaching (Early Childhood & Primary)||Martina Tassone|
|Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)||Dr Jeanne Iorio|
|Master of Teaching (Secondary Internship)||Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach|
|Master of Applied Positive Psychology||Associate Professor|
|Master of Educational Psychology||Associate Professor Vicki McKenzie|
|Master of Learning Intervention (plus Graduate Certificate in Learning Intervention, Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour, Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties))||Dr Lisa McKay-Brown|
|Instructional Leadership programs||Associate Professor Helen Stokes|
|TESOL and Modern Languages programs and Graduate Certificate in Education||Associate Professor Russell Cross|
|PhD - Education||Professor Sophie Arkoudis, Dr Bella Blaher|
|Graduate Certificate in Educational Research||Dr Rhonda Di Biase|
|Professional Certificate in Educational Neuroscience||Dr Sean Kang|
|Breadth||Dr Gavin Slemp|